From influential novel to award-winning stage production July 28, 2017 Free public lecture: Professor Grehan will lead the expert panel discussion Murdoch University will host a free public lecture and panel discussion to celebrate the upcoming stage production of the literary classic, 1984. George Orwell’s 1984 is a startlingly original and haunting novel with eerie knowledge of modern society. On Monday, 31 July, at Murdoch’s Perth Campus, an expert panel will discuss the history of the texts, the transfer of book to stage and the implications this story has on us now. The free event will complement the Australian production of the award-winning international theatrical blockbuster, seen by more than a quarter of a million people. Published in 1949, George Orwell’s 1984 engaged with the dangers of war and totalitarianism in the twentieth century. Murdoch School of Art's Professor Helena Grehan — who will host the panel discussion with Murdoch lecturers Professor Vijay Mishra, Historian Dr Andrew Webster, and author and director Dr David Moody — said the themes and story of 1984 are as important today as they were when the novel was first published. “1984 is one of the most influential novels of the twentieth century, with its depiction of perpetual war, pervasive government tracking, mind control and the corruption of language and history,” Professor Grehan said. “Its ideas seem increasingly pertinent to an often fraught political and technological landscape of the west in the twenty first century.” Many of the terms coined by Orwell in the book have entered the English language, with the entity of Big Brother becoming one of the most iconic literary inventions and potent symbols of the twentieth century. “Indeed, even the recent US Presidential campaign drew on Orwell’s ideas with US Senator Bernie Sanders warning of an “Orwellian future” when responding to the rise of Wikileaks and the release of classified NSA files by Edward Snowden,” Grehan explained. The event, ‘Back to the Future: George Orwell’s 1984 today’, will commence at 6:00pm in Murdoch University’s Kim Beasley Lecture Theatre and is a collaboration between Murdoch University’s School of Arts and the Perth Theatre Trust. The stage adaptation of 1984 at His Majesty’s Theatre — created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillian — is described as a dynamic, political, technology-enhanced dive into Orwell’s complex vision. For more information on the play, please visit: http://ptt.wa.gov.au/venues/his-majestys-theatre/whats-on/1984/ Print This Post Media contact: Luke McManus Tel: (08) 9360 2491 | Mobile: 0400 297 221 | Email: L.McManus@murdoch.edu.au Categories: General, Events, School of Arts Tags: 1984, Professor, School of Arts, andrew webster, david moody, event, george orwell, his majesty's theatre, lecture, murdoch univeristy, perth theatre trust, professor helena grehan, public, robert icke, stage production, vijay mishra Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!